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making news on this thursday, april 8th -- >> breaking news from the west virginia coal mine. enough toxic air has cleared to send rescue crews keep into the mine, in search of the four, missing men. flight scare. fighter jets scrambled, fbi teams mobilize. but was it all a misunderstanding. and today oprah winfrey will reportedly make a big announcement about her future. and good morning, everyone. i'm todd connor, in for jeremy hubbard. >> and i'm vinita nair. after standing by all night long, rescue crews are finally making their long journey inside the upper big branch coal mine in west virginia at this hour. >> once the mine's air quality was deemed safe a short time ago, they got the green light to
begin searching for the four miners missing since monday's explosion. steven portnoy joins us on the phone from montcoal with the latest. >> good morning, todd and vinita. at this hour, four eight-man teams, 32 rescuers, are entering the mine for the first time since they had to evacuate early tuesday morning. the rescuers, themselves miners from this mine and others around the state, have been briefed through the overnight hours on what they're about to do. they have just shaved so that their faces could have a tight seal with their oxygen masks. officials believe that three of the four missing miners are in the same section of the mine. the fourth man is said to be half a mile away from the other three. families here are holding on to what the governor calls a sliver of home, that the miners are waiting for rescuers in a refuge chamber, with food, water and clean air to sustain them, while they wait for rescuers. it could take rescuers about two
to three hours to reach them once they break into the mine. it's 4:30 a.m. here in the east. the rescuers are tired. but they're focused. a federal safety official says they'll do whatever it takes to bring this to some type of conclusion. vinita? todd? >> so many prayers with the family and the whole town. thank you. meanwhile, a diplomat from qatar touched off a major security scare when traveling from washington to denver. >> it was so serious at one point, fighter jets were scrambled. it started when someone saw smoke coming from the bathroom. clayton sandell joins us with details. good morning, clayton. >> reporter: passengers from united flight 663 finally were told they were free to go. they began their journey in washington, d.c. yesterday afternoon. a flight that should have been about 3 1/2 hours here to denver. a flight that stretched into a ten-hour ordeal. flashing lights broke the darkness on the tarmac of denver international airport.
all over an apparent misunderstanding. authorities say united airlines flight 663 was about 40 minutes from denver when federal air marshals were alerted by a flight attendant of smoke coming from a restroom. sources tell abc news the marshals subdued the man who emerged after he allegedly said, i'm lighting my shoes on fire. two jet fighters accompanied the plane to denver. police bomb disposal units met the plane on the ground. man is said to be a diplomat in the qatar embassy in washington. he was questioned. but no explosives were found. >> when they took the gentleman off, the pilot came on and thanked everybody. and they kept us informed as best they could. and people on the plane clapped. you could tell were appreciative of the way they handled things. i thought things were handled well. >> i didn't ever feel like i was not safe. >> reporter: jane smith's husband was on the flight. >> somebody got mad in first class and had a tantrum. the way he described it.
he was kind of chuckling about it. >> reporter: we're hearing that he may not face charges in this incident. authorities apparently ready to chalk this up to simply nothing more than a major but time-consuming misunderstanding. todd? vinita? >> clayton sandell reporting from denver. president obama is in the czech republic this morning, where he is signing a landmark arms reduction treaty with russia. >> mr. obama believes today's deal is his first step in a push toward a nuclear-free world. ann compton is in prague with details. good morning, ann. >> reporter: it's a date with history. president obama is here in europe, taking what he believes are concrete steps to bend the nuclear curve and reduce the longest-range nuclear missiles. he is, of course, here to hit that reset button with russian relations. in a time when he really needs russian cooperation. the treaty itself called the new start treaty, does reduce those long-range arsenals on either
side. now, the white house is saying today, it believes that the senate could ratify this treaty this year. that would be warp speed for senate action. they also know that russia is talking about possibly dropping out of this brand-new treaty, if the u.s. proceeds with a missile defense system here in europe. that, this morning, is still very much a raw nerve. todd and vinita? >> you mentioned the notion of a reset button. the question is, what will this do for relations between the u.s. and russia, overall? >> reporter: well, they are so frayed. and president obama really thinks that he can begin to turn things, dealing one-on-one, with president medvedev, with whom he's spending most of the day. president obama wants to address with russia other really pressing issues, including talks going on at the united nations right now on tough, new sanctions against iran. it's very much a part of the fuller u.s./russian
relationship. they're also talking about the bloody uprising in kyrgystan. there's a very large agenda between the u.s. and russia. and president obama knows that this is the kind of moment that defines a presidency. >> a large agenda to say the least. ann compton with the president in prague this morning. thank you. and george stephanopoulos is also in prague. he will have a preview of his exclusive interview with the president, later on "good morning america." and things are more calm this morning in the former cove yet republic of kyrgystan, home to an parent u.s. air base. opposition leaders announced overnight that they have taken control of the country's government. this follows angry clashes between police and protesters that left at least 68 people dead. the new leaders say they will allow a u.s. military base to continue operating there. in afghanistan, a new video, possibly from a taliban, shows a captured american soldier condemning the war. in the seven-minute recording,
army private beau bergdahl says -- was shown exercising. in philadelphia, the american woman known as jihad jame has pleaded not guilty to providing support to terrorists. he is also accused of attending a terror-training camp. colleen ramirez is one of two women charged in the case. severe weather has caused damage in northeastern arkansas. a subway sandwich shop had its front door blown out. mobile homes were also turned over and damaged in the town of marmaduke. 80% of that town was destroyed in 2006 by a similar storm. there could be high winds, hail and the possibility of an isolated tornado, as well. it's rainy along the coast in the pacific northwest, with snow in the mown fans there's more
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two of the nation's biggest airlines are talking about teaming up. united and u.s. airways are discussing a merger that will create the nation's second-biggest carrier, behind delta. the biggest hurdle to an agreement could be the carriers' complex labor contracts. this would be the nird time in a decade that these companies have talked about joining forces. overseas stock markets are dune across the board this morning. tokyo's nikkei average tumbled more than 1% today. hong kong's hang seng is lower. in london, the ftse opened lower. on wall street the dow tumbled 72 points yesterday. the nasdaq fell five points. a newly-surfaced internal e-mail from toyota could prove very costly for the automaker. five days before the massive recall, an executive warned colleagues that, quote, they need to come clean. toyota faces a record fine from the u.s. government for waiting too long to report the problem
and dozens of lawsuits. general motors says its sales have increased since the start of the year. and there's a chance it could turn a profit as early as this year. the automaker also says it will pay off its government loan by june, five years ahead of schedule. results would be a sharp turnaround for gm, after losing more than $4 billion in the second half of last year. home buyers are scrambling to close deals as mortgage rates jumped. rates climbed to more than 5.3% in the past week, up over 5%. mortgage rates are going up because of the improving economy, and the end of government programs designed to push them down. many experts predict that will climb as high as 6% as earlies a next year. a look at some of the shortcomings of the ipad. everyone says it's great for watching movies and playing games. but people are not as comfortable for things such as word processing and spread sheets. >> some of the productivity suites people are having trouble
with because it's a brand-new interface. you're using something that you probably used for many years on a touch-screen device with a pop-up keyboard. it's designed for that touch-screen device. to get used to it takes a little bit of work. >> you can read more from nick on "the new york times" website. oprah winfrey is expected to announce today that she will host an evening show on her cable network. "the wall street journal" reports that the show will be called "oprah's next chapter." it is expected to debut late next year. and from what we're hearing right now, she'll be out of the studio. she'll also be traveling the globe saying, if you're a celebrity and i want to interview you, come with me. >> i'll pay your way. first class. >> exactly. i don't know about that. coming up next on this thursday, a new threat against house speaker nancy pelosi in the wake of the health care debate. plus this -- >> tiger woods tees off in his return to professional golf. i'm t.j. winick in augusta.
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it will be another beach day along the eastern seaboard. yesterday, people rushed to grab a seat on the sand. a rare april treat, with temperatures that reached 90 degrees in some spots. >> elsewhere today, wet weather is the issue. it will be wet along parts of i-80, i-70 and i-40. snow could be a problem on i-90 and i-15 in the northwest. i-95 in the northeast, could be wet by the afternoon commute. >> and if you're flying today, please no smoking in the bathrooms. and expect delays in seattle, detroit, boston, new york, washington, d.c., charlotte, atlanta, and new orlea ns. a california man has been arrested for threatening house speaker nancy pelosi. 48-year-old gregory giusti, is accused of making threatening phone calls to pelosi at her san francisco and washington homes. former vice presidential candidate, sarah palin, lent
some star power of minnesota congresswoman, michelle balkman. the women spoke before a cheering crowd of thousands last night in minneapolis. palin issued a strong critique of the democrat-controlled congress back in washington. >> what's happening to politicians, especially in washington, is they're becoming addicted to opium. o.p.m., other people's money. there is an addiction there. >> palin heads to new orleans to head the southern republican leadership conference. tiger woods started off the week answering lots of questions about his personal life, his health, and his return to the game of golf. >> but one question that's still unanswered, can he win a fifth green jacket at the masters? we'll get a preview when he tees off in his opening round later today. t.j. winick joins us now from augusta. t.j., good morning. you look great. >> reporter: thanks, todd. well, tiger woods will try to
win his 50th major golf championship this weekend. but, of course, he is trying to do so much more than that. he is trying to rehabilitate his image, which before this past november, was just about flawless. this is the day tiger gets back to what he has always done best. >> try to go out there and win this thing. >> reporter: he's already won the masters four times. and this afternoon, he'll tee off in a quest for his fifth green jacket. >> i don't think anybody out here will question his ability to perform at the highest level, even though he hasn't competed in however many months. >> reporter: many believe woods has to do more than just prove he is the world's greatest golfer. he has to prove he is worthy of the respect he once commanded. >> our hero did not live up to the expectations of the role model we saw for our children. his future will never again be measured only by his performance against par. >> reporter: tiger's world unraveled after that infamous early-morning car wreck outside his florida home last november, which led to a confession of marital infidelities.
soon after, he admitted himself into rehab. that fall from grace is at the heart of a new nike ad released yesterday, featuring the voice of tiger's late father, earl. >> i want to find out what your thinking was. i want to find out what your feelings are. and did you learn anything? >> reporter: woods says he's encouraged by the warm reception since arriving at augusta national this week. and he's eager to show the fans and his fellow golfers that he's changed. >> trying to be more respectful of the game. and acknowledge the fans like i did today. >> reporter: woods will tee off in the next-to-last group this afternoon, at 1:42 p.m. eastern. vinita and todd? >> so much pressure on those shoulders. t.j. winick, thank you. time, now, for more sports. here's anish shroff at espn news. >> good morning. we begin with best rivalry in baseball. yankees/red sox.
rubber game of their three-game set. david ortiz, 0 for 7 on the season. put on an expletive-laced tirade when reporters asked him about his slow start on tuesday. wednesday, he got his start. john lackey, six scoreless innings. one-run game in the tenth. curtis granderson. grandey, with what would be the game-winning home run. nuggets/thunder, both teams jockeying for position in the western conference. carmelo anthony runs into kevin durant's chest. play would resume. but where's mello? he's still down. finally, a whistle. they technical carmelo. eventually he would be taken to the locker room. anthony scored 24 points. kevin durant misses here late. the nuggets hang on and win by
four. warriors/wolves. donn nelson one win away from something more coaching victories in the nba than anybody else. steph curry, 27 points, 8 rebounds, 14 assists, and a career-high 7 steals. curry, helping nellie reach a nile stone. 1,333 wins for donn nelson. most all-time. he passes manny wilkins. that does it for sports. i'm anish shroff. now back to you in new york. coming up next, the stories we'll be following today, including the latest on our breaking story. overnight developments at that mine in west virginia. and a big announcement from apple today about the iphone. using it ? uld you don't need a rematch-- but a re-think-- with lunesta. lunesta is different. it keys into receptors that support sleep, setting your sleep process in motion. lunesta helps you get the restful sleep you need. when taking lunesta, don't drive or operate machinery
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under ground, they will find four, missing miners alive inside. a middle east diplomat who touched off a major airline security scare last night will not face criminal charges. it started when a man tried to sneak a cigarette on the plane. then joked he was trying to set fire to his shoes. president obama is in prague to cut a treaty with russia. apple is unveiling new features for the software that powers the iphone and the ipad. the upgrades are not expected to be available for several months. inspections of the shuttle "discovery" continue after its arrival at the international space station. nasa wants to make sure there was no significant damage to "discovery" upon launch. tiger woods tees off later today in the opening round of the masters. it will be woods' first round of competitive golf since before his now-infamous car crash on thanksgiving night. for some of you, your local news is next. >> for everyone else, "america
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another day in the heat is ahead. what we can't take is another day without water. a firefighter gets hurt trying to rescue people from a burning home. find out what your feelings are. and did you learn anything? >> nike's new ad featuring a father's message of love, the son who desperately seeks redemption. today we'll knee tiger still has it. thanks for joining us. >> we're on a roll here now. here he is with the weather. >> a hot one. we feel your pain. we have no air conditioning in the building. we're starting with a temperature about 81 degrees, even in the studio.
and it's going to get hotter. we'll get natural air conditioning as the heat wave is about to end. second day in a row at 90, but not a record. the wind picks up today, showers try to arrive by this evening. in towson right now, the heart of the power problems, at least of the water problems. 72 degrees right now at cromwell valley elementary school. southwesterly wind gusting through 17 miles per hour. wind will become gusty through the afternoon. we'll have our own gusts here with a push of 30 miles per hour. showers and thunderstorms arriving after 4:00 p.m., more likely this evening. let's get our first check of traffic right now. >> towson is really where we have road closures ongoing as crews try to repair that outage. aside fromt,